LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin didn't do a few good things Friday night against the Lakers at Staples Center. Griffin did everything.
He caught lobs. He drained jumpers. He crashed the glass. He directed traffic on the break. He found open teammates.
The end result was a lopsided 123-87 beating over their Staples Center co-tenants. It was the largest margin of victory over the Lakers in franchise history, besting a 31-point win in 1992.
"He's doing everything for us," Doc Rivers said. "Rebounding, defending -- he's such a good passer that people don't know about it. They get lost in his dunks and the fancy stuff."
Griffin sat the entire fourth quarter, yet finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, while making some time for some huge dunks and a little fancy stuff.
The Clippers were 45 points better than the Lakers when Griffin was in the game.
While Griffin was great, he wasn't alone.
J.J. Redick returned from injury to score 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter. DeAndre Jordan added 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Darren Collison finished with 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds and just one turnover.
Redick's hot start helped the Clippers' score 43 points in the first quarter.
"It's huge, him hitting shots," Griffin said. "Even when he's not hitting shots, the attention he commands running all over the court is unbelievable."
Redick said he wasn't surprised that he was able to help the team, but he didn't expect it so quickly.
"That was fun," Redick said. "I was out a long time. The worry was that it would take a little bit of time to find a rhythm."
The Lakers kept it within 20 during the second quarter, but after halftime, the Clippers' defense locked in even more, holding their opponents to just eight points in the third quarter.
The Lakers couldn't score and couldn't stop Griffin and the Clippers. The Clippers led by 43, their largest lead of the season, forcing the Lakers into submission.
"We have to fight hard," Lakers guard Nick Young said. "You can't just say you're going to do it; you got to go out there and actually do it. You can't let people just dunk on us, clown us without giving a hard foul or giving any emotion. Somebody dunks on us, and we put our heads down."
Kendall Marshall continued his run of solid play, scoring 16 points to go with 10 assists. Unfortunately for the Lakers, no one else made any major contributions.
The win evens the season series after the Lakers upset the Clippers on opening night. The Clippers have won three games in a row.
Redick past the fear
When Redick heard that he had injured a wrist ligament and broken a bone in his shooting hand, he knew he'd be OK. But right away, that's not what went through his mind.
"I think there's two parts to that. When I first had the injury and there was a fracture and a partially torn ligament, there's an immediate fear," he said. "That usually lasts 12-24 hours, and then you say, 'I'm going to attack this.'"
Redick attacked his recovery, getting his cast off after only three weeks so he could begin work with a hand therapist. Then, after only taking 30 shots this past Saturday, Redick accelerated his rehab.
"As of last Saturday, I didn't feel like I'd be able to play Friday because I didn't have the endurance or strength to do it. But, this week's been great. I haven't had any setbacks, and I've gotten better everyday. I've been lucky."
Redick missed 21 games. He said he's currently pain free, only dealing with some stiffness in his wrist.
"I'm good to go," he said Friday morning. "I wouldn't be playing if I wasn't ready."
More moves coming?
The Clippers worked out veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu, 33, on Thursday, and Coach Doc Rivers said the forward impressed.
"He looked good. It was a good workout," Rivers said. "But, we're not doing anything any time soon. But, he did look really good."
Turkoglu is currently a free agent. He was released by Orlando this month after only playing in 11 games the past two seasons.
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